Tomchek, Donald E.
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Don Tomchek passed away at home with his family, Wednesday, November 28, 2012. He was born on May 25, 1928 in Milwaukee to Leo and Ann (Keuken) Tomchek . Don served in the army as a heavy mortar crewman and earned parachutist and marksmanship badges. He attended the University of Green Bay and the University of Madison. Don married Nancy Jahn on August 17, 1957 and worked at Chicago and Northwestern Railway as a switchman for 38 years.
Dad had a lifelong interest in the outdoors. He had a keen interest in trees and shaping the wood from them, milling boards on his Woodmizer band saw to create rustic buildings and unique furniture. He planted gardens wherever he spent more than a few hours--- leaving behind plots of vegetables and crops of berries in Green Bay, Howard and Suamico. He baked bread, cooked and experimented with food to the delight of every visitor.
He dabbled with hunting and loved camping and fishing--- a passion he shared through the years with his wife, children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews-- anyone he could get into his boat.
He had a many pets throughout his life that returned his love immeasurably. He was quite well read and loved laughs and long talks at the kitchen table about any topic of choice. He was greatly interested in the exploits of everyone around him--- listening, helping, supporting and teaching. His inquisitive nature and shared life experiences will live through others forever.
As a husband, father, brother, grandfather, companion and confidante, he will truly be missed.
Don is survived by his wife, Nancy; his daughter, Sharon Cichon and son-in- law, Jim; four sons, Steven D., Jamie R., Joel A. (Joy), and Dean E. Tomchek; his grandchildren, Derek, Jason and Alicia Cichon; his brother, Ronald and wife, Lynne Tomchek; sisters-in-law, Donna Giese, Carole Stowe, Barbara VanderMissen, and brother-in-law, Robert Jahn, and many nieces and nephews.
Don was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Jean Webb; two brothers, Roy and Robert Tomchek.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at Lyndahl Funeral Home, 1350 Lombardi Avenue, from 10:00 a.m. until the Memorial Service at noon with the Rev. Kim Sechler officiating. Online condolences may be expressed at www.lyndahl.com.
Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette on Nov. 29, 2012